I probably wont watch Stonewall the movie. Not because it's weird to make a feature film from a historic event - that's ok. "Make everything holy profane" etc. But because of the massive whitewashing. Or maybe "penis washing"? Or "gender conformist washing"?
Whatever - they've scrubbed history to make it more palatable to the assumed audience who can't deal with reality. Fuck your audience - screw your attempts to cutesy up a riot and squeeze it into some nicely accessible narrative fit for consumption.
What pisses me off more though is the fact that the LGBTQ community has slowly slipped away from its past in a similar manner. The Q and the T's has been removed. Anyone who isn't young, fit and into interior decorating has been silently shoved out the theatre door. All who aren't white gets at best
some kind of supporting actor role and more probably typecast into an antagonist.
Lesbians are just "the quirky friend" and safely removed and finally we're stuck with the "not so queeny, safely white, penis-dude who perhaps has a boyfriend but will probably just make drinks and crack jokes" archetype.
How the hell did we go from a movement tightly connected to the egalitarian movements of the day (race, gender, economy, class) to THAT? #StonewallWasARiot #TeamMarsha